Coughing While Eating?

Last updated: August 2022

It was only in the past couple of years that I realised I was pretty much coughing during and after eating meals, snacks, or drinking certain fluids. I have found that foods that are highly spiced, as in Mexican, some oriental and Italian foods, that I began coughing both during and after meals. This meant that I had to use my emergency inhaler more often and was drinking a lot of water to wash the food down after meals. I have also found that people become concerned when one of these episodes occurs while out in public. I don't think they believe me when I say, "It's my asthma, I am not ill with COVID-19 or any other disease. Asthma and food don't often agree with each other."

Embarrassing? Yes, but sometimes unavoidable. Especially when eating at a restaurant or with friends or even drinking water and it goes down the wrong way. You just have to watch what you are eating or drinking and try to pay attention to what's happening with your body. Often, I leave the area, use my inhaler and wait until the cough lessens or stops. Then, if I'm out, I will just ask for a "doggy bag" and finish eating later on at home.

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